Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #302) - Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
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Title: Long Walk Original Manuscript (Image #302)
Transcript: consciously aware that the men before him suffered serious political disbilities. I felt sure that if the law permitted, he would tend to uphold our defence and that, if we were found guilty, he would take a lenient view of the matter.
All major issues, especially those that bring together people from different walks of life and from different population groups, bristle with all kinds of problems and the Treason Trial was typical in this regard. Some of these required to be trashed out openly, whilst others were better handled in confidential discussions. But there may have been others which, bearing in mind our historical background, one was called upon to solve alone and having done so, never allow any other person to know about them. To share secrets with comrades is natural and I have done so many a time. It is by no means easy to keep things to yourself. But circumstances and experience may force a person to try the impossible and bury forever in his heart those delicate political problems which have been nipped in the bud.
In comparison with the wave of detentions since 1963 that in 1960 was like a picnic. To the best of my knowledge and belief no individuals were then isolated, forced to give information, beaten up, tortured, crippled and killed as has been happening since 1963. Speaking comparatively the Security Police still had a number of men who carried out thier duties according to the law and who resisted the temptation of abusing their powers. Apart from keeping us in confinement, withholding newspapers so as to prevent us from knowing what was happening outside, the atmosphere was generally free of the brutalities and acute tensions that characterise the subsequent detentions.
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